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Journey of a DPT Student

Staying Involved

Published March 26, 2012 12:25 PM by Lauren Rosso

I posted a long time ago about getting involved during school and whether or not it was a good idea from a time-management standpoint. Now that I have settled into the program and the grad school "way of life," I'm glad I decided to challenge myself and take advantage of as many volunteer, employment and networking opportunities as possible. That's not to say that I don't feel like I have a little bit too much on my plate at times, but I prefer a hectic schedule to one in which I don't have any variation.

The reason I'm happy with my decision is because of the personal and professional opportunities that have come about as a result of being involved beyond simply studying for class. Without reaching outside my comfort zone, I would not be on a path to do some very interesting SCI therapy here in Pittsburgh. I also would not be preparing to complete my summer clinical in England, which is actually a result of this blog.

I can't stress enough the benefits of getting involved to anyone who is in PT school. Whether you're in your first semester or your last year, nothing but opportunities can arise from taking the time to participate in as many different events as possible.


I have found that in PT school it is much easier to find volunteer opportunities than in the outside world. Many times our professors have areas of interest that they participate in and are more than comfortable discussing them with you as well as recruiting you to volunteer. The PT club at my school has a volunteer requirement to remain part of the club and the opportunities are endless as practically each member is familiar with an event or organization that needs assistance. Also in our curriculum, as part of our Health Promotions class we provide a service to the community. Projects have ranged from organizing a road race, fundraising for charities, participating in adapted sports programs, and providing classes on fall prevention and infant massage. We enjoy doing these things not just for the joy that donating one's time brings, but also to spread the knowledge that PT is a versatile field and can address deficits in more fields and assist with education and treatment in a wider variety of situations than most people realize.

Molly April 25, 2012 10:54 PM

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